The internet along with many other technological advances has brought humanity a long way. Like with all change, there are positive outcomes as well as negative outcomes, and while having information at our fingerprints and obtainable within seconds might be a positive thing, there are still going to be some negative results. Nicholas Carr’s 2008 article published in The Atlantic, “Is Google Making Us Stupid?,” explains what Carr believes to be some of the negative effects that the usage of the Internet has brought upon us. Carr believes that the Internet is shaping the way that we think and that humans are losing the ability to read long pieces of writing. The purpose of his ironically long article is to convince his readers that the Internet is actually changing the way that we think and interact and to shed light upon something that many people experience, but they might have not realized it yet.
Our thinking process is even getting affected. Our way of thinking is beginning to change to the way that computers do. Advancements are made everyday. These new advancements are attempting to make life in general easier for everyone. Nicholas Carr makes the claim that, “as the internet because our primary source of the information it is affecting our ability to read books and other long narratives.” Carr suggests that using the internet is altering the way that our minds operate.
In terms of the impact of internet on how we read, Carr believes that people do not read the entire article and it is seen that they bounce from page to page, losing focus quickly with reading on the web. He uses this idea because the reader can relate to it, like himself. Carr also explains about because of the easiness of the internet, it makes people full of artificial knowledge when he writes about the impact of the internet on the way how we think. He elaborates on how the growing technology affects the human life and their culture. He mentions Foreman’s life experience with related to how his life is surrounded by the internet.
Have you ever started to write an essay with at least 5 different tabs open unrelated to the subject matter? Nicolas Carr argues in his article “Is Google Making Us Stupid” that the internet is changing our way of thinking for the worst. In many ways this statement is point of view is purely untrue. For starters,, it makes easy communication across the world simpler. Second, the internet makes access to important info that we would have never known much easier.
According to this statement the readers can conclude that the main reason for reading concentration disturbance is the internet. In terms of the scientific research, the article provides the research by the British Library and U.K educational consortium which states “They found that people using the sites exhibited ‘a form of skimming activity,’ hopping from one source to another rarely returning to any source they’d already visitied” (Carr, 2008). From this statement we can understand that there are numbers of attractive information piled on one page, people have a hard time choosing which one to read, resulting them to skim and jump to one another. From these couple examples, it can be concluded that the author of this essay is strongly attempting to convince the readers in his idea of internet disturbing people’s concentration. However, the essay itself is extremely biased, because of the fact that there is no information about benefits of using the internet and reading online.
For example, there are some rules or laws that prohibit United States law enforcement or even our FBI to arrest organized crime group who internationalized their schemes in other countries. Moreover, I think technological advances, also, make infiltration harder. It is because organized crime group can gain any information they want with the use of the modern technologies such as internet. Internet in this era is a very powerful tool to search about people from their age, sex, address, family members, and even occupations, and this why I think Donnie Brasco with fail because if the organized group is not sure about him they can just use the internet or the power of technology to find out who he really
Sandra Cortes Professor D. Stansbury English 101 1 September 2015 Focused Summary on Carr’s Article In Nicholas Carr’s article “Is Google Making Us Stupid?”, he explains how he feels that the Web in general is changing they way we think. Carr feels as though the immense about of information at our fingertips is what is keeping us from digging down deeper into our thoughts. He blames the Internet for himself not being able to stay focused on a task or reading a long article through and through. Carr argues that not only does he feel his way of thinking changing but that his friends and acquaintances have also experienced the dilemma at hand. He brings up a good argument about how, in history, technology has changed the way we think before.
Nicholas Carr’s “Is Google Making Us Stupid?” is a critical analysis of the Internet’s effects on our brains’ cognition. Carr explores the impacts that reading Internet text has on how we think and absorb information, citing personal examples and examples from public settings. In his article, Carr argues that the now commonplace practice of reading online has changed how our minds think and process information; Carr believes that the more we read online, the less we will be able to “deep read”, as one would with printed text. In Elizabeth Schmar-Dobler’s “Reading on the Internet: The link between literacy and technology”, Schmar-Dobler states that the nature of literacy is changing to include the type of reading strategies used to read both
The study showed “sophisticated algorithmic search engines, has made accessing information as easy as lifting a finger. No longer do we have to make costly efforts to find the things we want.” (Google Effects on Memory: Cognitive Consequences of Having Information at Our Fingertips, Pg.) “The four studies found that when people are faced with difficult questions, people are primed to think about computers.” (Google Effects on Memory: Cognitive Consequences of Having Information at Our Fingertips Pg.) This is proving the point Socrates made in his quote “Writing down their thoughts and reading the thoughts of others had written down, they become less dependent on the contents of their own memory.” (The Shallows, Pg. 173).
According to article “Does the Internet Make you Dumber” by Nicholas Carr, the internet takes our concentration and focus. Studies show that, traditional linear text readers understand more than who read online. There was an experiment at Cornell University, and that experiment shows that who used the internet did worse on their job than who did not used the internet. We are losing ability to think more deeply and our concentration about our lives. Books let us focus on the reading while internet distracts us from reading.
Should we consider the vast growing technological advancement as a beneficial contribution or an affliction? These are just a few of the questions I find myself asking. The prevalent effect of "factitious comprehension" in the use of the technology we use today was scrutinized by two distinguished authors, Jamias Cascio and Nicholas Carr. In this article, "Is Google Making Us Stupid" Nicholas Carr explains how the internet and technology in the society that we live in have many different effects. He also elucidates that the overuse of such technology is potentially very dangerous and could affect how someone 's mind can be manipulated and affect how their mind may function.
He argues that a growing body of scientific evidence suggests that the Net is turning us into scattered and superficial thinkers. I find my concerns with similar to Carr because although the internet has provided the public with an incredible amount of data that can be streamed very easily at our fingertips, this flood of data has changed on how poor we process information in the internet. Our ability to focus on informations in the web could lead to memory loss in the near future. Carr stated, “Only when we pay deep attention to a new piece of information are we able to
Google wants technology chief executive of Google Eric Schmidt says, “To solve problems that have never been solved before,” and artificial intelligence has never been solved. In Google’s mind, the brain is an outdated computer and ambiguity is just a simple bug that can be fixed. The idea, wanting our brains to be like high-speed computers, because companies gain more information when we browse so they learn more about us and can feed us ads. Companies don’t wants us taking the time to read an article because there’s no gain for them in that. Socrates despised the idea of people coming to rely on written word, fearing they would use it to replace knowledge, he wasn’t wrong about that, but he also didn’t see the
There’s been an aging debate on whether or not the internet has made us loose our intelligence. Perhaps the temptation of having hours upon endless hours of web surfing and information at our finger tips has become too much for us. A recent article called “Is Google Making Us Stupid?” Written by Nicholas Carr for the Atlantic has brought this debate into further light, opening it up for other opinions. The thought of Google making us stupid is rather harsh and absurd if looked at from a young teenagers mind. The thought of having to look through books for hours for a single piece of information is tantalizing for someone such as ourselves.
Also in general I am just really exited for this topic. Being a computer science major I think that the internet and censorship is such an interesting topic. As of right not I think that the strength of my paper lies in the information given. I really think that what I said and how I said it was presented very well. I think that another strength is in the transitioning of the paragraphs.